Food & Wine Picks for December

The end of the year is fast approaching which can only mean one thing… Silly season!
See our picks below for Christmas food & wine events happening in your area:

Newcastle

WHAT: Collective Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday 16 December 2017
WHERE: The Edwards Bar
MORE INFO: alamodeevents.com.au/upcominevents/christmasparty

Hunter Valley

WHAT: ‘Tis the Season Christmas Dinner
WHEN: Sunday 10 & 17 December 2017
WHERE: The Verandah Restaurant
MORE INFO: http://www.verandahrestaurant.com.au/events-%26-tours/

WHAT: Christmas Lunch at Restaurant Botanica
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Spicers Retreat Hunter Valley
MORE INFO: Bookings Essential
https://spicersretreats.com/blog/events/region/hunter-valley-nsw/

WHAT: Christmas Day Luncheon
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Estate Tuscany
MORE INFO: http://estatetuscany.com.au/eat/christmas-day-2017/

WHAT: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner
WHEN: Sunday 24 & Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
MORE INFO: https://www.crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au/dining/dining-specials-and-events/festive-celebrations-hunter-valley/http://estatetuscany.com.au/eat/christmas-day-2017/

WHAT: Christmas 5 Course Al La Carte Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Circa 1876
MORE INFO: http://www.convent.com.au/events/escarpment-group-christmas-celebrations

Sydney

WHAT: Red Christmas Party
WHEN: Wednesday 13 December 2017
WHERE: Daltone House Darling Island
MORE INFO: http://www.doltonehouse.com.au/event/red-christmas-ball/

WHAT: Christmas Fare
WHEN: Thursday 14 December 2017
WHERE: Hyde Park Barracks Museum
MORE INFO: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/events/christmas-fare

WHAT: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner
WHEN: Sunday 24 & Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Intercontinental Double Bay
MORE INFO: https://www.icsydneydoublebay.com/home/whats-on

WHAT: Christmas Day Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Fratelli Fresh
MORE INFO: http://www.fratellifresh.com.au/whats-on/christmas-celebrations/

WHAT: Christmas Day
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Q Station Manly
MORE INFO: http://www.qstation.com.au/uploads/5/4/5/5/5455544/qs_xmas_2017_flyer_v2_web.pdf

Southern Highlands

WHAT: Christmas Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Milton Park
MORE INFO: http://www.miltonpark.com.au/whatson/milton-park-christmas-lunch

WHAT: Christmas Day
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Peppers Craigieburn
MORE INFO: https://www.peppers.com.au/Portals/3/PDF/Property/PeppersCraigieburn/Christmas-Day.pdf

WHAT: Christmas Feast
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Peppers Manor House
MORE INFO: https://www.peppers.com.au/Portals/3/PDF/Property/PeppersManorHouse/Peppers-Manor-House-Christmas-Feast-2017.pdf

WHAT: Christmas Buffet Extravaganza
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Gibraltar Hotel
MORE INFO: http://www.gibraltarbowral.com.au/news/christmas-lunch

WHAT: Christmas Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Biota Restaurant
MORE INFO: https://www.southern-highlands.com.au/events/whats-on/christmas-day-lunch-biota

South Coast

WHAT: Christmas Lunch Extravaganza
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
MORE INFO: http://novotelnorthbeach.com.au/What-s-On/celebrate-christmas-by-the-beach.html

WHAT: Christmas Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Sebel Harbourside Kiama
MORE INFO: http://www.sebelharboursidekiama.com.au/events

Venue Spotlight – Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach boasts a beachside location, flexible function spaces and a reputation based on creating unique experiences.

With a dedicated event floor, 14 flexible and unique function spaces, ocean views, natural light and outdoor options Novotel Wollongong Northbeach can cater for small meetings and events to large conferences of up to 660 delegates. The latest addition of a new retractable roof on their rooftop terrace The Deck, has created the ultimate all weather event venue, allowing you to take in 360 degree views from the ocean to the escarpment while still being protected from the elements.

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach has an impeccable reputation based on meeting and exceeding expectations for service and quality. Our dedicated conference and special events team will ensure that your event is ‘Simply the Best’, delivered with professional service and achieving the desired results.

Conference Capacity: 660
Number of Accommodation Rooms: 204
Special Features: The 204 Accommodation rooms have recently undergone a full refurbishment. Modern amenities and luxurious touches in a coastal chic style.
Testimonials:

“Nothing was a problem for the Novotel staff. They made it very easy to host a successful and memorable conference and an AMAZING view from our conference room!”

  • FCM Travel Solutions

“The customer service and the quality of all staff was outstanding. The location was stunning and the overall experience was extremely positive.”

  • Coca Cola Amatil

Contact the Conference Team to discuss your next conference:
Website
Email: Jessica
Phone: 02 4224 3111

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Mitch

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

Mitch Trevillion – Lead Facilitator

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
The variety of venues, activities and people we work with

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
The Survivor – a fun and energetic outdoor activity with a great mix of physical and intellectual challenges – perfect for banter between teams

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Dressing up as a Downton Abbey character (long white socks, suspenders, linen shorts and a cap) at the request of a client thinking that everyone would be dressed up in theme. I was wrong.

My favourite hobbies are:
Tennis, surfing and learning piano

What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Conversations with Richard Fidler and Hardcore History

What was the last book you read?:
1984 by George Orwell

Favourite holiday?:
Snowboarding in Niseko, Japan

Have you ever had a nickname?:
“T-bone”

I am frightened by _____ :
Even mildly scary films

Favourite movie of all time:
The Usual Suspects – terrifying

First concert I went to:
Big Day Out

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Near to friends and family

What makes you angry:
Inequality

What makes you laugh the most:
Lately, The Book of Mormon and Big Mouth and otherwise, my own puns

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
“You Got It” by Roy Orbison